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. they were all compromisers. and then i read your book earlier this year, bob woodward, about president obama and this stalemate over trying to find some kind of way to keep the government running here in washington. it occurs to me that what seems to be lacking these days is this ability of modern politicians to compromise. i sometimes wonder if they-- if they've forgotten how to do it. >> one theme is the president, no matter who is president, is the chief strategist. they set the tone. they say this is how we're going to do things and fix things. in the case of obama and the first term, and the economic issues, he didn't fix them. and he didn't find a way to work his will. and you see lincoln and jefferson and eisenhower did. now, we're catching obama midstream. he still has another four years. the interesting question is going to be how he takes victory. we know how romney has taken defeat-- not very well. and he is grousing. what has obama learned? how is he going to say, "we're going to fix some of these things, not just play politics? >> schieffer: well, doris, you lived with lincoln f
felt excited about him afresh. it wasn't just that he was the vessel to beating barack obama. they liked him. i think that momentum stays intact. there was another force propel him after that debate, though, and that was undecided voters or soft ones are hadn't yet bought the sale on mitt romney came out of denver doing well with that. that started to dissipate long before sandy hit. so then sort of the president and mitt romney were fighting for that second force. what they needed was a last moment that one of the two of them could be in the front pages, looking like a person who was of the moment and mitt romney lost several days because of the storm to be the man of the moment, and the president, because he was president, was the man of the moment for those late-deciding voters who hadn't been paying attention to the race. they turn on their tvs. that's what they see. i think that to the extent that anybody benefits politically, that probably helps the president. >> bob, there's a reason why of the 10 incumbents who have sought office again since world war ii, seven have w
the same thing. president obama is up a point or two in their polls. now, i don't think virginia's representative of the country. i do think the president has an edge in ohio. i expect him to win ohio. i expect him to win wisconsin, i think he's going to win iowa, and frankly, given democratic base in the other states, that's all she wrote. >> schieffer: let me go to you, lesley. i want to talk a little bit about pennsylvania. a lot of us were putting that pretty much in the democratic column a good way backs in this campaign, and now in the last week or so, you've seen the romney folks putting some money in there and saying they really think they have a chance. i'm not convinced whether they think they have a chance or whether they want us to think they have a chance. all of these things in pol tibs you always have to put it into context. what is the situation there? why are they putting this money in there? >> i would say the victory team and the romney team feel very confident that they-- they understand a couple of things we've talked about here. yes, we're talking about penn
, finally, the obama campaign was effective in turning romney into a sim bell of all the things in the economy that hurt people in the middle class. he was using outsourcing. they were using offshoring. they were painting him as the kind of bad guy that led to the economic situation people are in. >> schieffer: it seems to me in the beginning they just made a streamic mistake about ohio. why would you go and campaign against the auto bailout in a place where it worked, where they put people back to work? that seems like an odd way to go about it. i don't think it's the polling in the end that they didn't understand. i mean, that-- why would you use that? that was-- that was the thrust of their message out there. the auto bailout was wrong. >> yeah, well, they thought-- what confused them a little bit is they thought it's about independence in ohio. and we're doing well. they targeted independents, knocked on their doors. these are people who hadn't participated in the primaries of either party, and they were winning with those independents. a senior strategist said to me, fmitt
the obama administration fumbled the ball with iraq. but he turned iraq around. he was a great general, and his resignation is a loss for the country. but i understand why he had to resign. >> schieffer: there are all these stories, these pieces of it that are now coming affect, that now there seems to be another woman who was involved, and she went to the f.b.i. because she was frightened of these e-mails. do you-- do you think there ought to be a congressional investigation to sort this out, or is it best to just go on and leave it where it is? >> well, if there's no effect of the affair on national security, i think we need to move on. but at the end of the day, the one thing that that's happen in my view is we've got to get to the bottom of benghazi. i hate what happened to general petraeus for his family and the families for those involved, but we have four dead americans in benghazi. we have a national security failure in the making. i don't see how in the world you can find out what happened in benghazi before, during, and after the attack if general petraeus doesn't testify. so
in egypt. so that's where i think everybody would like to see it head. obama has worked hard to talk to them to try to steer it in that direction. will that happen? >> the most phones call that secretary clinton has made from the road have been to her counter-part in egypt. and they have been very clear that egypt has a relationship, they have the credibility and influence in the region to push hamas to stop the attacks. now, there is also a fair amount of funding being held up in washington right now that the egyptians need very immediately. remember, they weren't just one of the top recipients of foreign aid. they have a funding crisis. they have literally been to the point where they have had problems paying bills. so there is some immediate leverage to gets them to act immediately. whether that ends up being effective or not is another question. >> schieffer: well, do we think the administration-- obviously, i would guess they're advising the israelis not to invade. but what beyond that are they trying to do? is this an opening to start a-- the peace process to get it started aga
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